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Lot #    12355
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:04:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Herev Nokemet Nekam-Berit
Title (Hebrew)    חרב נקמת נקם ברית
Author    [Polemic - Reform] [Meyer Israel Bresselau]
City    Dessau
Publication Date    1819
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 16 pp. plus title wrappers, 210:120 mm., light age staining, corners rounded. A very good copy of a rare polemic bound in the original paper wrapprs. No copy in most major collections.
   Herev Nokemet Nekam-Berit, a rhymed polemic written in a satirical biblical style, is remarkable in its witty take-off on the Orthodox rabbis who opposed the reforms in the Hamburg Reform synagogue (temple). It ranks among the best Hebrew polemic literature written at the time of the Haskalah. Written in answer to Elleh Divrei ha-Berit (Altona, 1819), which collated the views of the greatest Orthodox rabbis of Western Europe against Reform Judaism and its innovations. Bresselau published the polemic anonymously. To counteract Bresselau's polemic work R. M. L. Reinitz published Lahat ha-Herev ha-Mithappekhet (1820).

Meyer Israel Bresselau (d. 1839), Hebrew writer and one of the leaders of the Reform movement. He was the state notary for the Jews of Hamburg. In 1818, together with I. S. Fraenkel he edited and adapted a prayer book for the Hamburg Reform Temple under the title Seder ha-Avodah.

Paragraph 2    ... [מאת מאיר ישראל ברעסלוי] ...

טכסט גם על המעטפת הימנית. נגד הספר "אלה דברי הברית", אלטונא, תקע"ט, בדבר ה"היכל" הריפורמי שנוסד בהאמבורג, שהמחבר היה אחד ממיסדיו. עיין: שמעון ברנפלד, תולדות הריפורמציון הדתית בישראל, קראקא תר"ס, עמ' 87. תשובה לספר זה נדפסה בספר "להט החרב המתהפכת", [קראקא] תק"ף.

   CD-EPI 0114941; EJ; Zinberg, Sifrut, v. 5 (1959), p. 298; Waxman, Literature, v.3 (1960), pp. 352, 408.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica